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Dozy bint of the week

There is no man so wicked or depraved that he can't find some woman to worship, aid and abet him. She may be his wife or girlfriend, or, if he is on death row, she may be his pen friend. She may be his mother – ooh, he was such a lovely boy, wouldn’t hurt a fly – or his sister – my brother a terrorist? He’s such a quiet lad, always saying his prayers.


And she may be his solicitor.


This week’s dozy bint is Gareth Pierce, a solicitor and “human rights expert”. (Human rights, in this context, means the rights of criminals, terrorists and jihadists rather than their victims.) Pierce has supported and defended former MI5 operator and traitor David Shayler, a number of the British Guatanamo detainees, including Mozzam Begg and Bisher Amin Khalil al-Rawi, and, more recently, Abu Qatada, a notorious “radical cleric” linked to Bin Laden and soon, we hope, to be kicked out of the country.


Gareth is a woman. Her full name is Jean Gareth Pierce. Jean, unless you’re French, is a woman’s name. So why use her middle name? It isn’t even one of those unisex names like Leslie or Hilary. It is an affectation, pure and simple. She looks like a man in drag and has a silly fringe. (It is wrong to make personal remarks, unless someone is a moral idiot, in which case anything goes.) She has a quiet, monotonous voice, which sounds infuriatingly reasonable when she is defending the indefensible, and which makes her opponents, despite their superior moral clarity, sound strident and irrational.


Pierce said that sending Qatada back to Jordan would be “grotesquely irreconcilable” with the concept of justice. No, what is grotesque is that a dangerous enemy alien has been allowed to stay for so long, and that she is defending him.


Behind every evil man, there is a dozy bint. And Gareth Pierce is dozy bint of the week.